Family Caregivers Respite Centers

The Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging (SAAA) currently operates one group Respite Center for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is Helping Hands Respite Center?

Helping Hands is a Friendly, Safe Place for Persons with Dementia or in the Early-Mid Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.


How Many Respite Centers are There? 

SAAA currently operates one group Respite Center for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. 


How do I Know if my Loved One is Eligible?

A Care Manager from the SAAA will conduct an initial assessment to determine eligibility for Helping Hands services.


What is the Charge for Helping Hands?

There is currently no fee at this time.


What are the Benefits to Caregivers?

Caregivers are provided respite care; information and assistance; support group meetings; and resources.


What Types of Activities are Provided?

For participants, stimulating activities are provided for both men and women; individual care plans are prepared; participants enjoy the company of other adults; crafts, music, exercise, and many more activities are planned daily. A hot noon meal is served and snacks are provided.



Sample Daily Schedule

10:00 Coffee/Tea, Snack, Greetings, Weather, Trivia, Word Game

10:30 Exercise (Balloon Volleyball in Chairs, Basketball or Stretch

11:30  Lunch

12:30 Rest with Background Music

1:00 Craft

2:00 Restroom Break

2:15 Game (Dominoes, Checkers, Card Games)

2:45 Prepare for Departure




Page County: Open Fridays from 10-3.

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